Georgetown claimed their second win for the year in a high scoring game against Gladstone while Redhill were no match for the dominant Crystal Brook.
Redhill v Crystal Brook
Crystal Brook won the toss and batted first against Redhill but they lost an early wicket, with dangerous batsman Allan McArdle gone for 4, caught behind off the bowling of Louis Cummins with the score at 1/10.
However, Redhill enjoyed very little luck after that, as Leo Coates and Will Combe piled on the runs.
Combe retired on 117 with the score at 207 and Coates was eventually run out after compiling 69 runs. Contributions from Campbell Combe (19) and Matt Gulin (10) helped Crystal Brook to a total of 8/277 at the completion of their 42 overs.
Larry Klingner was the best of Redhill’s bowlers, taking 2/39/12. Louis Cummins took 2/56/12 and Ryder Hayes finished with 2/33/5.
Redhill showed spirit in their run chase but ultimately were chasing too big a total. Opener Ben Pilkington made 47 as he batted with several of the top order.
He lost Larry Klingner for a duck and Cam Kerr for 22 before eventually losing his own wicket with the score at 3/81. Louis Cummins made 15 before being bowled by Matt Gulin with the score at 4/102.
Dan Hayes made 48 batting with the tail but did not receive any support as Redhill’s bottom 6 batsmen contributed only 9 runs between them.
Redhill fell well short of Crystal Brook’s total to be all out for 152. P Hombsch cleaned up the tail to finish with impressive figures of 4/28/4.
Sam Merkel took the last wicket of the innings as he claimed 2/5/2.1. Jake Clements, Leo Coates, Matt Gulin and Steve Merkel took one wicket apiece.
Gladstone v Georgetown
Gladstone batted first in their clash against Georgetown and made a solid start with openers Jamie Davidson and Riley Hennessy putting on 23 runs for the first wicket.
Hennessy was the first to go, caught behind off the bowling of Stephen Hollow for 9.
Dylan Hansen then joined Davidson at the crease and the pair put on 53 runs together before Hansen was finally caught off the bowling of Riley Davenport for 33.
Davidson departed shortly after, trapped LBW by Brett Ballantyne for 22 with the score at 3/85. Kieran Glenn exhibited some powerful hitting to make a quick fire 40 but eventually chopped a Cody Robson delivery onto his stumps with the score at 6/144.
Gladstone’s tail picked up where the top order left off, as they continued to build the total. Damien Wauchope accumulated 16 runs but he was just a supporting act for Gladstone’s new recruit, Neil Loftus, who made 47. Gladstone completed their overs with 9/219 on the board.
Georgetown had a shaky start to their run chase, losing Cody Robson for 3 and Matt Fejo for a duck to be 2/8. However, from there, they were able to build some partnerships.
Riley Davenport contributed 15 runs toward a 35 run partnership with opener Shane Ballantyne before he was bowled by Riley Hayes with the score at 3/43.
The next partnership was a big one as the Ballantyne brothers put on 94 runs for the fourth wicket before Shane was finally dismissed for 63. Stephen Hollow chipped in with 13 runs to help the total to 5/171.
Brett Ballantyne put the accelerator down and raced to 93 but was eventually caught on the boundary with the score at 6/202. Michael O’Brien batted beautifully with the tail to make 15 not out and secure the win.
Georgetown passed Gladstone’s score 7 wickets down but played out the overs to finish with 8/231. Gladstone had even contributions from all their bowlers with 4 bowlers taking 2 wickets each.
The wicket taking bowlers were Riley Hayes (2/36/7), Jesse Philps (2/42/11), Neil Loftus (2/50/9) and Dylan Hansen (2/77/12).